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Postgraduate Course: Palliative Care and Pain Management (GMED11066)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will provide a detailed knowledge and understanding of palliative care through the study of case scenarios, online lectures and background reading with the aim of improving clinical management of patients requiring end of life care and symptom management. This course will specifically cover; an introduction to palliative care, recognising and managing the end of life experience, talking and planning for death, communicating well with patients ('the difficult conversation'), policy and practicalities of achieving a good death for all, and spiritual dimensions of dying in pluralist societies. In additional aspects of symptom control will be covered with material relating to the pharmacology of analgesia, the analgesic ladder, breakthrough pain and the Liverpool care pathway.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Online Activities 50, Summative Assessment Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 23 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formal summative written assessment will constitute 100% of the student's grade (a written assignment reviewing aspects of palliative care management that should be considered in a specific clinical scenario).
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Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the course the candidate should have an improved perception of who would benefit from palliative care management, and the wide- ranging factors that need to be considered when dealing with dying patients. In addition practical guidance will be given about how to manage symptoms effectively.

The student should:
Understand what palliative care is and who might benefit (including recognising the dying patient)
Understand the theory behind communication bad news sensitively
Understand the importance of managing end of life issues well, and be aware of policies and guidelines that may help achieve this
Understand the need for sensitivity with regards spiritual and cultural needs of patients
Be aware of the main classes of drugs used for symptom control and their appropriate use and escalation
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsPalliative Care,Pain Management,Communication,End of Life Care.
Course organiserProf Simon Maxwell
Tel: (0131) 537 2506
Course secretaryMrs Krislyn Mcwilliams-Biles
Tel: (0131 5)37 2506
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